Quincy is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 93,688 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Quincy is the eighth largest community in Massachusetts. Quincy has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Housing costs in Quincy are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Quincy is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Quincy is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Quincy who work in office and administrative support (13.77%), management occupations (9.45%), and sales jobs (9.21%).
Also of interest is that Quincy has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Quincy is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Quincy is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Quincy, the average commute to work is 34.62 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Quincy’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Quincy is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Quincy, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Quincy ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Quincy, 40.42% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Quincy in 2010 was $34,669, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,676 for a family of four. However, Quincy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Quincy is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Quincy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Quincy residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Quincy include Italian, English, German, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Quincy's cultural character, accounting for 29.65% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Quincy is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Vietnamese.